Responsiveness to Particular Circumstances

Audit processes must include a way to respond to circumstances that come to light affecting particular devices, ballots or contests.

Best Practices

  1. Factors such as major election-day problems or preliminary results that deviate significantly from historical voting patterns might focus interest in particular sets of ballots, “targeted samples.” Such targeted samples may be selected by candidates, issue committees, parties, election administrators, or others as provided by regulation.
  2. A requested targeted sample may be used either in conjunction with a random audit, or by itself for a contest not selected for audit.

(Adapted from Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Tabulation Audits, 2018)